2024 Spring Short Competition Shortlist

We thought choosing a longlist was difficult, but choosing the shortlist was even harder.

Huge congratulations to the authors of the following shortlisted poems.  Do feel free to let people know if you are a shortlisted author, but please don’t name your poem until results are announced as adjudication is still in process.

Spring Short 2024 Shortlist

  • A Farrier Goes to the Dentist
  • Assigned Readings
  • August
  • Bible School, Revisited
  • Blue Heart
  • Everything is Subject to Change
  • Fetch (First line begins: “I pretend to throw”)
  • First Meeting
  • For a while, after a funeral
  • How a Salamander Sheds
  • I Used to Think I’d Be a Good Mortician
  • In this Version of the Break-up, We Break-up
  • July
  • Mothers
  • Musings Between a Field of Grain & Downtown Birmingham
  • On Monday morning, a bird came to my window
  • Pieces of Me
  • Postcard
  • Prologue
  • Self-Portrait as Harold and His Purple Crayon in an Active Shooter Lockdown
  • Something You Give Back After Keeping It for a While?
  • Sundowners
  • The Life Cycle of a Fairy Tale Princess
  • The Wind’s Eye
  • Winter Musings



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